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Old Jan 31st 2012, 7:26 pm
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Hi Ive tried everywhere in the major supermarkets in both Spain/Portugal to get the clear alcohol vinegar Ive seen everywhere in the rest of Europe.

I can get white wine vinegar and even apple vinegar - but not the 'normal' clear (like water) alcy vinegar.

Any ideas where I can get this?

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Originally Posted by Jon-Bxl
Hi Ive tried everywhere in the major supermarkets in both Spain/Portugal to get the clear alcohol vinegar Ive seen everywhere in the rest of Europe.

I can get white wine vinegar and even apple vinegar - but not the 'normal' clear (like water) alcy vinegar.

Any ideas where I can get this?

Thanks
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Hi Jon, are you talking about the Italian Alessi Vinegar? I know they do a white Balsamic but I have never seen it locally. I think you would have to find a gourmet shop (maybe in Seville) to get it. Hope this helps, Bryony
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Hi Jon, are you talking about the Italian Alessi Vinegar? I know they do a white Balsamic but I have never seen it locally. I think you would have to find a gourmet shop (maybe in Seville) to get it. Hope this helps, Bryony
Perhaps you can get it in the pharmacy as acetic acid?
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Perhaps you can get it in the pharmacy as acetic acid?
Thanks Bryony + Jaybee46

Nothing special like Alessi vinegar - just the boring normal clear vinegar - I can get 1.5 litres of it all over Europe (ex Spain and Portugal ) for well less than a euro. Just before we came here I got it for 50cents for 1.5l at Aldi or Lidl. I think in the UK its called white vinegar. NOT white wine vinegar. But being out of England so long I forget if this is the name. Its about 5ish % alcohol (I think) - its so widely available - I dont really think about it when I buy it....

Its also called Alcohol vinegar in France and in Belgium the best one is called Blue Hand (translated from Dutch)

I hadnt thought about Acetic acid - but wouldnt know how then to dilute it up and use it - but its an idea. Was hoping I could just buy a bottle off the shelf....

Thanks both for the feedback

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Thanks Bryony + Jaybee46

Nothing special like Alessi vinegar - just the boring normal clear vinegar - I can get 1.5 litres of it all over Europe (ex Spain and Portugal ) for well less than a euro. Just before we came here I got it for 50cents for 1.5l at Aldi or Lidl. I think in the UK its called white vinegar. NOT white wine vinegar. But being out of England so long I forget if this is the name. Its about 5ish % alcohol (I think) - its so widely available - I dont really think about it when I buy it....

Its also called Alcohol vinegar in France and in Belgium the best one is called Blue Hand (translated from Dutch)

I hadnt thought about Acetic acid - but wouldnt know how then to dilute it up and use it - but its an idea. Was hoping I could just buy a bottle off the shelf....

Thanks both for the feedback

Jon
Just out of interest Jon, what do you want it for? Maybe someone could suggest an alternative?
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Hi Jon

I've told you before, please give it up !! Try vodka with tonic, a slice of lime and lots of ice. Much better


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Mercadonna sell it.

Vinagre Concentrado Multiusos Hogar. 8% acid. 83c a litre.

It's their own brand - Bosca Verde.
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Mercadonna sell it.

Vinagre Concentrado Multiusos Hogar. 8% acid. 83c a litre.

It's their own brand - Bosca Verde.
Sorry Jon, thought you were talking about table vinegar, had I realized you meant cleaning vinegar I could have given you the same info as Fred :-))
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Originally Posted by Fred James
Mercadonna sell it.

Vinagre Concentrado Multiusos Hogar. 8% acid. 83c a litre.

It's their own brand - Bosca Verde.
Thanks Fred

I must have missed it when I was there. Ill check it out again.

However the vinegar I use is for both cleaning etc and also in cooking.. so that is hopefully 'Multiusos'

Im guessing its not in the food section?

Thanks again Fred and Bryony...

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It was in the household section. It may well be a new product as I hadn't seen it before this week.

It says it is not suitable for human consumption but that may just be a food labeling issue.

What do you use it for? I would have thought that cheap white wine vinegar was suitable for most culinary uses.
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Thanks Fred

I must have missed it when I was there. Ill check it out again.

However the vinegar I use is for both cleaning etc and also in cooking.. so that is hopefully 'Multiusos'

Im guessing its not in the food section?

Thanks again Fred and Bryony...

Jon
Hi Jon, its actually on display in front of the tills as we speak/post ;-))
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Maybe best to keep you cleaning and cooking vinegar separate. You can get clear pickling vinegar from "brit" shops ie iceland. But I use apple cider vinegar for making chutneys and it keeps fine.
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Mercadonna sell it.

Vinagre Concentrado Multiusos Hogar. 8% acid. 83c a litre.

It's their own brand - Bosca Verde.
What's it like on chips?
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Sounds to me like somebody has been watching "how clean is your house?" where Kim and Aggie use gallons of white vinegar for cleaning household surfaces.

Here in Italy I can get white wine vinegar and apple vinegar and red wine vinegar and of course the more expensive balsamic vinegar. Not a drop of plain white to be found.

As for Malt vinegar - stole a hundred sachets of that from UK pubs at Christmas time.
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Originally Posted by searcher48
Maybe best to keep you cleaning and cooking vinegar separate. You can get clear pickling vinegar from "brit" shops ie iceland. But I use apple cider vinegar for making chutneys and it keeps fine.
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Sods law isnt it that the s/market we use the most has it and we havent seen it!!! (For years) And yet we've tried it and everywhere else!

Thanks for the feedback (s)

In answer to the questions above from Fred and Mike. This vinegar is a 'wonder fluid' for me. I have used it for years for loads of things.... its eco friendly and cheap. We are never without it (except here for the past few years.. and so miss it! )

EG

I make up a solution with other stuff that we use for cleaning all countertops etc.

Better in solution than windowlene....

Great for descaling eg shower heads or electric kettle or degreasing things.

Use it when boiling eggs to keep the white in if shells crack or a bit in the water when poaching them.

All sorts of other cooking things as well .... We use other vinegars for cooking/food - but the right white vinegar has its uses as well.... when you need a bit of sharpness without a smell/taste you may get with others.... put a little in your toad-in-the hole batter....

Wonderful stuff.. but even then.... as Mel says above, vodka and tonic is better.... and helps me forget (that I dont have it at home)

Thanks again

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